Rock Solid seek­ing vol­un­teers for fi­nal phase of con­struc­tion of res­i­dence near Scotts­guard

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - Photo cour­tesy Rock Solid Refuge

Vol­un­teers have helped turn the Rock Solid Refuge from a build­ing shell into a nearly com­pleted res­i­dence fol­low­ing a busy sum­mer of ac­tiv­ity.

Crews of vol­un­teers from Men­non­ite Dis­as­ter Ser­vices have helped trans­form the pro­gram’s 7,200 square foot fa­cil­ity near Scotts­guard past the half done phase dur­ing the sum­mer months. Teams vol­un­teered dur­ing July and the first half of Au­gust to tackle con­struc­tion du­ties like dry­walling, roof­ing, in­su­la­tion, along with plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal work.

Men­non­ite Dis­as­ter Ser­vices chose Rock Solid Refuge as a project for their youth Vol­un­teers with Men­non­ite Dis­as­ter Ser­vices spent the sum­mer months as­sist­ing with con­struc­tion work at Rock Solid Refuge. and adult vol­un­teers, bring­ing in sup­port from Saskatchew­an, Bri­tish Columbia, Al­berta, Man­i­toba, On­tario, along with vol­un­teers from the United States to work dur­ing week­long shifts this sum­mer.

Rock Solid Refuge is a pro­gram aimed at teenage boys aged 13 to 17 who are strug­gling with life con­trol­ling is­sues.

Site con­struc­tion be­gan back in April, and CEO Tim Ra­m­age es­ti­mates the project is be­tween 65 and 70 per cent fin­ished, with sid­ing work be­ing done this week and the fin­ish­ing work will hap­pen over the com­ing months.

“We’re still

look­ing for help and re­sources to get it com­plete,” Ra­m­age said. “We are striv­ing to be open this Novem­ber.”

Ra­m­age ex­plained the con­struc­tion project has al­lowed their pro­gram­ming to tran­si­tion from a sum­mer camp project into a year­round res­i­den­tial pro­gram.

“I just want to thank the com­mu­nity for be­ing be­hind this project and how they have sup­ported it,” he said.

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